International Education Resources

International education prepares Ohio citizens to live, work and participate in the global economy. This page contains international education resources from the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio organizations and national and global entities. Click on a title to open a new window to go to each of these valuable online resources.

Ohio Department of Education Resources

  • Connecting Ohio Classrooms to the World
    Students begin to understand the world and its people by meeting and interacting with people from other countries. This document offers tips on how schools can provide opportunities for students to broaden their horizons. 
  • International Lesson Plans on the Instructional Management System
    This Web page is designed to help teachers access lesson plans with an international focus in the Ohio Department of Education Instructional Management System (IMS). Organized by continent, educators can easily access lesson plans aligned to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards.
  • Foreign Language Advisory Council Recommendations
    Foreign Language Advisory Council (FLAC) members were selected by the State Board of Education and charged by the legislature to develop a strategic plan to improve foreign language learning in Ohio. This document details their findings and recommendations.
  • Ohio Teachers Going Global
    Ohio’s students need an education that will prepare them to thrive in a world where international connections impact many facets of their lives. This document suggests ways that educational programs can meet this challenge.
  • International Education Rubric for Ohio Schools
    Many Ohio schools are seriously considering the degree to which they are preparing students for the interconnected world of the 21st century. This rubric developed by Ohio’s International Education Advisory Committee can be used in evaluating the current status of international education in a particular school and planning for the future.

Ohio Resources

  • Columbus Council on World Affairs
    The Columbus Council on World Affairs sponsors a variety of events initiatives designed to promote international awareness and understanding in Central Ohio. This includes a number of programs aimed at cultivating knowledge and leadership among students, such as the International Educator of the Year Award, “Council Fellows” program, a camp-like global issues retreat, and a “life swap” program involving native Ohio students and students from Somali immigrant families.
  • Cleveland Council on World Affairs
    The Cleveland Council on World Affairs promotes understanding and engagement in international affairs in the Greater Cleveland region. In addition to hosting a variety of public events for adults featuring scholars and world leaders, the CCWA sponsors programs for students such as the Model United Nations program and provides a variety of links and online educational resources for use in the classroom.
  • Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education at Kent State University
    This unique center is housed within the College and Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Resources at Kent State University. This site provides information about the initiatives of the Center, including professional development opportunities for educators. Kent State University is also a credit-granting institution for International Baccalaureate program workshops.
  • Global Center of Greater Cincinnati
    The Global Center of Greater Cincinnati connects Cincinnati’s International Visitors Council and the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati. In addition to providing information about the Global Center and upcoming international-focused events in Greater Cincinnati, this site provides details about numerous educational programs for students and teachers, including the Junior World Affairs Council, the “Great Decisions” series, Model APEC, and Academic World Quest. 
  • International Democratic Education Institute at Bowling Green State University
    The mission of the IDEI is to promote democracy and civic engagement around the world through education. Resources available from IDEI include lesson plans to help students learn about democracy, civil society, and tolerance. The site also provides information about civic education projects involving collaborations between IDEI partners from Ohio and abroad.
  • International Education Outreach at The Ohio State University
    The Office of International Affairs oversees many programs at The Ohio State University including the Study Abroad program, International Student and Scholar services, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and five Area Studies Centers. It sponsors international education outreach programs and special events. Resources focus on language, culture, and current economic, political and social events. K-12 educators can take advantage of a host of education and learning resources: professional development workshops; study abroad opportunities; free loan libraries of videos, cultural boxes, and photo exhibits; and a speakers' bureau.
  • The University System of Ohio – Global Education
    The University System of Ohio is pursuing an aggressive international strategy to more effectively recruit international students and promote Ohio's higher education system across the globe. Click here for the Digest of International and Global Dimensions of The Strategic Plan for Higher Education 2008-2017, which also includes information tracking Ohio students studying abroad.
  • Global Markets Division – Ohio Department of Development
    The International Trade Division promotes the export of “Made in Ohio” goods and services, supports Ohio companies in expanding international trade, and encourages foreign investment to help create jobs and promote economic growth. The ITD site provides resources and program information for business leaders as well as data on foreign trade and investment of interest to all Ohioans.
  • The Ohio State University MidWest US-China Flagship Program 
    The K-12 Program partners with elementary and secondary schools throughout Ohio and the Midwest to establish effective Chinese language programs. It provides assistance with curriculum development, teacher training, and technology support.

National/Global Resources

  • Mapping the Nation
    This classroom resource presents economic, demographic and education data at both the state and county levels to show international connections for every county in the U.S. – from jobs tied to global trade and immigrants with rich linguistic resources, to the billions of dollars contributed to our economy by international students studying here. With almost one million data points and more than 50 info graphics, this robust research tool has many potential uses for grades 4–12 and beyond.

  • Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding
    The Longview Foundation provides support and leadership for international education initiatives around the U.S. This site provides links to innovative programs sponsored by the Longview Foundation. The Longview Foundation has supported international education in Ohio by providing financial support for the International Education Advisory Committee, sponsoring international education events including the first Ohio International Summit for Education, and providing funding for the Ohio Department of Education and iEARN-USA to pilot online international collaborative learning projects in Ohio schools.
  • Official U.S. Government International Education Week Site
    This is the official site of International Education Week sponsored jointly by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. This resource includes ideas and free promotional materials for promoting international learning in schools.
  • Peace Corps Coverdell WorldWise Schools
    The Coverdell WorldWise Schools program site, hosted by the Peace Corps, offers lesson plans to help teachers integrate international content into their classrooms. The site also helps teachers connect with past and present Peace Corps volunteers around the world willing to share their first hand experiences international experiences with students.
  • AskAsia.org
    Askasia.org is an educational site maintained by the Asia Society that provides a variety of resources for teaching and learning about the history and culture of Asian countries and current issues and events impacting Asian and American youth.
  • Teachers’ Guide to Online International Collaborative Projects
    This site, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, provides resources on international collaborative learning using the Internet. Sample projects, planning resources, and links to organizations that facilitate international collaboration between students are provided.
  • iEARN-USA
    iEARN-USA, the American affiliate of the International Education and Resource Network, facilitates communication and collaboration between teachers and students around the world, primarily through Web-based projects. The Ohio Department of Education and several partner districts around the state are piloting iEARN-based projects this year with support from the Longview Foundation.

Last Modified: 9/3/2014 1:41:01 PM

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